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Improving numeracy - with the 7C's

08/15/2011 01:13:50 AM

There have been many reformers offering ideas for improving numeracy in our schools.  Many of them advocate the use of specific commercial resources or explicit lesson plans – in short they offer recipes for teachers and schools to follow.    The quietly spoken Alistair McI..

Validate - It's great!

08/08/2011 18:47:45 PM

It is no secret that a great deal is expected of schools. Our curriculum documents overflow with worthy content - and even some content that is perhaps less worthy.  Even if the teaching of academic skills and knowledge were all that was expected of schools the task of the teacher would be daun..

The Learning Tour of PISA

07/31/2011 23:50:44 PM

Learning Tower of PISA The word of education is awash with data – particularly testing results. While I personally have significant reservations about both the use and usefulness of much of this data, due to a combination of   the harm it can do to students, teachers, parents and sch..

How to win the "best schools" competition - don't play the game!

07/24/2011 20:04:10 PM

A week ago my knowledge of the education system of Finland was, to be honest,  almost non-existent.   I knew that they were consistently ranked number one of all “Western” countries in PISA testing but had no idea how they did it.  Then, last weekend, I attended a key..

Is 8% a big number?

07/12/2011 18:20:04 PM

Is 8% a big number?  Is 8% a big number? To some extent it depends on context but most of us would agree that it is usually a significant number.  Who would turn down a pay increase of 8%? A major study (cost = $12 000 000 USD)  of twins in Australia and the United States has found th..

"The more I practice the luckier I get." Mindset and Carol Dweck

07/12/2011 00:54:57 AM

“The harder I practice the luckier I get.” Psychologist Carol Dweck has given the educational community one of the most positive educational concepts yet to be developed – mindset.  Like many good ideas it is deceptively simple – but the implications for schools are prof..

“Visions of Students Today”. Whose education is it anyway?

06/28/2011 20:19:35 PM

If a picture is worth a thousand words ...how much is a video worth? These ones are priceless – for educators of post-compulsory students.  To call the two videos featured in this post “thought provoking” is an understatement.  Both videos are created by Michael Wesch &n..

Mathematical Maverick – Dan Meyer – “Be less helpful”

06/28/2011 20:16:47 PM

If mathematics has a poster boy it is – or at least should be – Dan Meyer.  Meyer is something of a rarity in the field of public discussion of mathematics; he is not an academic, he is not an  educational administrator,  he is a teacher -  someone who works in real c..

Mathematician's Lament - Paul Lockhart

06/28/2011 20:13:50 PM

Following on consistently in my habit of being the last kid on the block to discover something I recently fell upon “Mathematician’s Lament” by Paul Lockhart.  The history of the book is interesting in itself – it actually started life as a 25 page type written document ..

Do we blame dentists for tooth decay?

06/28/2011 20:08:12 PM

I’ve been reading a lot of assignments of late to do with literacy generally and the “literacy wars” in particular.   Perhaps predictably the students fall comfortably into the “phonics” or “whole language” camps – few have made the accurate ..

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